ID needed, funny grape
Warren Frank Lamboy
wfl1 at cornell.edu
Thu May 30 15:44:27 EST 1996
Dear Eleanor: Without seeing the items, I would guess that they are
insect galls from/on leaves. If that is true, when you dissect the 'match
head' you should find a small insect larva.
In article <SaulysER.24.000DDA77 at MASPO2.MAS.YALE.EDU>,
SaulysER at MASPO2.MAS.YALE.EDU (Eleanor "Sam" Saulys) wrote:
> I was hiking on a downslope of Mt Higby in CT last weekend and came across a
> couple of strange looking items. I did not spot the tree or bush from which
> they fell/rolled; they may have even been carried onto the trail by
> another hiker (unlikely).
> The item has the size and feel of a ripe, green grape. It has spots - dark
> brown or purple. The little piece of stem attached was woody. Inside, instead
> of finding fruit substance, there was a small pithy core about the size of a
> match head and it was held in place by numerous filaments extending out
> interior walls of this 'grape'.
> Anyone out there have a clue? I found two of these, but the only trees I
> identify above me were chestnut oaks.
Warren F. Lamboy
USDA-ARS Plant Genetic Resources Unit
and Dept. of Horticultural Sciences
Geneva, New York 14456
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